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Ok-so i've been trying to work with louie and it's not going so well.  He thinks everything is a game...i go to get his lease ( and he looooves being outside) but as soon as i get the lease he takes off running and plays dead.  He won't budge once i have him ready to go.  Also he doesn't like treats so i haven't been able to get him to sit, lay down, come, or anything on command because he couldn't care less about getting a treat.  Basically he is just really stubborn! Any good advice??? I want him to be well behaved and able to respond to simple cues.  I tried the bell on the door thing right when i got him at 6 months old but he was scared of it!  Also he is very scared of strangers (other dogs he loves), especially men.  How do i get him more comfortable around people??? I feel bad that he is scared or hate that people probably think i hit him.  Any suggestions on how i can get louie to follow some directions???? I didn't get him til he was 6 months old and i don't exactly know how he was raised.  I do know that he was raised out in the middle of the country on a farm.  I believe he was in a barn and probably didn't have a ton of human interaction (which makes me said).  MY mom raised toy poodles as a kid, so all of our litters were so spoiled and my siblings and i were constantly playing with them so i hate that Louie is scared of people.  Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!!!



I'm learning so much on this site, so thanks everyone for being so informative!


Jamey and Louie

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Comment by Connie Kaplan on May 28, 2011 at 11:05am
I think all the comments are good, group training is great.  The leash thing: maybe start at square one like a new puppy where the dog just has the leash on and drags it around many times before you even try to walk him on it.  Keep trying to socialize the dog.  Our dog was attacked by at pit/lab mix at 13 weeks (completely displaced fracture of her jaw)  We did not miss a beat in socializing and were doing baby food in a squeeze bottle.  Be creative is what I mean; for what you can do and what motivates your dog.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 26, 2011 at 4:51pm

Mark and Grace hit a good possibility...if Louie were tied up outside as a pup, he would have a huge aversion to a lead or leash.  Might suggest putting the leash on him when inside and then playing with him,...with the leash ON.  The more you do that, the better the possibility that he will get good feelings about the leash...and I'm sure you play with him alot at home.

Not responding to treats is a real problem...what DOES he respond positively to ??

I can't say enough about training...GROUP training, like they do at PetSmart.  Our store has a GCD class...Good Citizen Dog class...basic skills and citizenship for outings and stuff.  I'd suggest finding that class somewhere and would be well worth it.

I will add my thanks to this website...THANKS Blue... this is a great website, with good people, and a good resource for advice.  Usually SOMEONE has experienced whatever we are looking for.

By the story...I usually walk Ginger off-leash and she is really good.  However, sometimes she gets distracted and won't come when I call her.  I tried a shock collar....didn't work.  BUT, our trainer at the local PetSmart suggested a "clicker".  After only two days of clicking every time I called Ginger, she got the idea.  Now, all I have to do is click and she comes.  "Course, every time I clicked, I gave her a treat.  But thats a small price to pay for her to come when I want her to.



Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 26, 2011 at 10:29am
Linda is right about the training.  I have a friend that comes all the time and have stopped Pemon from jumping on her, but when my husband's two buddies come over they allow it.  I really wish they wouldn't.  I think Linda has a great idea about Petsmart or even Petco.
Comment by Linda on May 26, 2011 at 4:49am
To socialize Louie you could find out when a pet store has a slow time and take him. With Charlie I have to remind people to mind their dog manners. I am also trying to train Charlie and it is difficult due to people always stopping you and asking what kind of dog is that, and can I pet him. I don't mind answering questions or letting people pet Charlie but it really puts a damper on training. Good luck. You could also inquire at PetSmart they do give pointers and offer classes.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 25, 2011 at 7:47pm

Jamey:  I too have learned a lot from this website.  Everyone is so friendly especially Grace Johnson! LOL.

Gee, don't know what to say about your problem.  Truthfully I get this funny feeling that he was abused.  Why did the people give him up?    Maybe they had him tied up and that is what he is relating to when you put the leash on him.  I have to admit that Pemon can be very stubborn.  They say that is a Doodle trait.  But, he loves people.  Too much so - we try to keep him from jumping and totally bothering our company.

I'm sure other people will comment and maybe they have had a similiar situation.

Good Luck.

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